Subcommittee Organization Location 401 West Morgan Ann Arbor, MI Agriculture Michigan Research Institute 48108-9109 109 Agriculture East Lansing, MI Agriculture Michigan State University 48824 660 Woodward, Suite 300 Detroit, Agriculture MI United Way for Southeastern Michigan 48226-3504 415 Clifford Street, 8th Floor Agriculture Wayne County Detroit, MI 48226-1515 2561 Saulino Court Dearborn, MI ACCESS Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 48120 201 S. Division Street suite #430 Ann and Related Agencies Commerce, Justice, Science, Arbor SPARK Ann Arbor, MI 49104 125 E. Second Street Monroe, MI County of Monroe Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 48161 600 Randolph Street Detroit, MI County of Wayne Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 48226 415 Clifford Street Detroit, MI County of Wayne Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 48226 Eastern Michigan University Eastern Related University Commerce, Justice, Science, andMichigan Agencies Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Eastern Michigan University Eastern Related University Commerce, Justice, Science, andMichigan Agencies Ypsilanti, MI 48197 44567 Pinetree Drive Plymouth, MI First Step Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 48170 United Way for Southeastern 660 Woodward, Ste 300 Detroit, Michigan Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies MI 48226 1441 St. Antione, 12th Floor Wayne County Prosecutor's Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Office Detroit, MI 48226 1441 St. Antione, 12th Floor Wayne County Prosecutor's Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Office Detroit, MI 48226 1441 St. AnDetroit 12th Street, MI Wayne County Prosecutor's Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Office 48226 University of Michigan 1500 East Medical Center Drive Defense Comprehensive Cancer Center Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Eastern Michigan University Defense Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 48197 5101 Evergreen Road Dearborn, Defense Henry Ford Community College MI 48128 415 Clifford Street Detroit, MI Defense Wayne County 48226 NextEnergy Center 461 Burroughs Detroit, MI 48083 1400 Oakman Boulevard Detroit, Defense Focus: HOPE MI 48238 Defense NextEnergy Center 461 Burroughs Detroit, MI 48083 535 Griswald, Suite 300 Detroit, MI Energy-Water Metropolitan Affairs Coalition 48226 Energy-Water Wayne County 600 Randoph St. Detroit, MI 48226 1105 West Seventh St. Monroe, Energy-Water Lake Erie Transit Commision MI 48161 202 Welch Hall Ypsilanti, MI Energy-Water Eastern Michigan University 48197 660 Woodward Ave suite 300 Energy-Water United Way of Southeast Michigan Detroit, MI 48226 13615 Michigan Ave Dearborne, Energy-Water City of Dearborn MI 48162 National Center for Manufacturing 3025 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI Energy-Water Sciences 48108 3601 Plymouth Rd Ann Arbor, MI Energy-Water Cleary University 48105 Financial Services and 3520 Green Court, Suite 450 Ann General Government Ann Arbor SPARK Arbor, MI 48105-1579 Financial Services and Cleary University 3601 Plymouth General Government Cleary University Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Financial Services and 415 Clifford Street 8th Floor General Government County of Wayne Detroit, MI 48226 Financial Services and General Government County of Wayne 500 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226 Financial Services and 3520 Green Court, Suite 450 Ann General Government MichBio Arbor, MI 48105-1579 Financial Services and United Way for Southeastern 660 Woodward Ave, Ste 300 General Government Michigan Detroit, MI 48226 1 Federal Drive Fort Snelling, MN Interior-Environment USFWS 55111 500 Griswald 31st Floor Detroit, MI Interior-Environment Wayne County Michigan 48216 2951 Greenfield Road Dearborn, Interior-Environment City of Dearborn MI 48120 26215 Trowbridge Ave. Inkster MI, Interior-Environment City of Inkster, MI 48141 30947 Suite 200 Royal Oak, MI Interior-Environment 48073 Woodward Avenue Action Association 1 Federal Drive Fort Snelling, MN Interior-Environment USFWS 55111 (KHRW)-Iraqi American Center/Global Community 28091 Dequindre Rd. Suite 105A Labor-HHS-Ed Partners Madison Heights, MI 48071-3069 2561 Saulino Court Dearborn, MI Labor-HHS-Ed ACCESS 48120 2555 South State Street Ann Labor-HHS-Ed Ann Arbor Public Schools Arbor, MI 48104-6145 Boys and Girls Club of 26777 Halsted Road, Suite 100 Labor-HHS-Ed Southeastern Michigan Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3560 3601 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, Labor-HHS-Ed Cleary University MI 48105-2659 122 East 42 Street, Suite 2600, Labor-HHS-Ed Council for Economic Education New York, NY 10168 5145 Douglas Fir Road, Labor-HHS-Ed Center for Civic Education Calabasas, CA 91302 EMU Office of Research Labor-HHS-Ed EMU Development Ypsilanti, MI 48197 EMU Office of Research Labor-HHS-Ed EMU Development Ypsilanti, MI 48197 EMU Office of Research Labor-HHS-Ed EMU Development Ypsilanti, MI 48197 130 Medical Center Drive Labor-HHS-Ed Family Medical Center of Michigan Carleton, MI 48117-9461 5101 Evergreen Road Dearborn, Labor-HHS-Ed Henry Ford Community College MI 48128-1491 608 W. Allegan St. Lansing, MI Labor-HHS-Ed Michigan Department of Education 48909-1524 Michigan Department of Energy, 611 W. Ottawa Lansing, MI 48933- Labor-HHS-Ed Labor and Economic Growth 1070 Monroe County Community 1555 Raisinville Rd. Monroe, MI Labor-HHS-Ed College 48161-1070 Monroe County Community 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. Monroe, MI Labor-HHS-Ed College 48161-9047 Labor-HHS-Ed National Writing Project Berkeley, CA 1 Parklane Boulevard, Suite 1000 Labor-HHS-Ed Oakwood Healthcare, Inc Dearborn, MI 48126 56 Roland Street, Suite 100 D, Labor-HHS-Ed Reach Out and Read Boston, MA 02129 Labor-HHS-Ed Reading Is Fundamental Washginton, DC 1247 E. Siena Heights Drive Labor-HHS-Ed Siena Heights University Adrian, MI 49221-1755 101 South Huron Street Ypsilanti, Labor-HHS-Ed SOS Community Services MI 48197-5421 300 N. Ingalls, Room 4b17 Ann Labor-HHS-Ed UMHS Arbor, MI 48109-0400 United Way for Southeastern 660 Woodward, Suite 300 Detroit, Labor-HHS-Ed Michigan MI 48226-3504 536 N. Jackson St. Jackson, MI Labor-HHS-Ed United Way of Jackson County 49201-1223 415 Clifford Street, 8th Floor Labor-HHS-Ed Wayne County Detroit, MI 48226-1515 100 N. Fifth Ave. Ann Arbor, MI Transportation-HUD City of Ann Arbor 48104 13615 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, Transportation-HUD City of Dearborn, Michigan MI 48126 City of Dearborn, Wayne County, 13615 Michigan Avenue Dearborn, Transportation-HUD MI MI 48126 25500 Gibralter Road Flat Rock, Transportation-HUD City of Flat Rock MI 48134 26215 Towbridge Ave. Inkster, MI Transportation-HUD City of Inkster 48141 26215 Trowbridge Inkster, MI Transportation-HUD City of Inkster 48141 26215 Towbridge Ave. Inkster, MI Transportation-HUD City of Inkster 48141 4357 Buckeye Street Luna Pier, MI Transportation-HUD City of Luna Pier, Michigan 48157 6158 Scofield Road Maybee, MI Transportation-HUD Exter Township 48159 PO Box 980429 Ypsilanti, MI Transportation-HUD Friends of Rutherford Pool 48198 Lake Erie Transportation 1105 West Seventh St. Monroe, Transportation-HUD Commission MI 48161 401 West Morgan Ann Arbor, MI Transportation-HUD Michigan Research Institute 48108 2929 E. Front Street, PO Box 585 Transportation-HUD Port of Monroe Monroe, MI 48161 Suburban Mobile Authority for 535 Griswold Street, Suite 600 Transportation-HUD Regional Transportation (SMART) Detroit, MI 48226 The National Center for 3025 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, MI Transportation-HUD Manufacturing Sciences 48108 United Way for Southeastern 660 Woodward, Ste 300 Detroit, Transportation-HUD Michigan MI 48226 Washtenaw County Economic Development and Energy 110 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Transportation-HUD Department MI 48107 Washtenaw County Road 555 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI Transportation-HUD Commission 48103 600 Randolph St. Detroit, MI Transportation-HUD Wayne County 48226 600 Randolph St. Detroit, MI Transportation-HUD Wayne County 48226 600 Randolph St. Detroit, MI Transportation-HUD Wayne County 48226 Project Name Amount Requested Pasteurization of Shell Eggs $3,500,000 Phytophthora Research (MI) $500,000 Emergency Food Access Integration Initiative $1,000,000 Urban Horticulture $300,000 ACCESS Youth and Family Services Center $1,000,000 SPARK Regional Incubator Network Business Accelerator $990,000 Paperless Records System $250,000 Wayne County, Michgian Radio Communications Interoperability $1,500,000 Wayne County Juvenile Mentoring Program $640,000 B-Side Boot Camp $300,000 Interactive Inquiry-Based Science Education in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway $750,000 Wayne County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program $600,000 United Way Ex-Offender Re-Entry Program $500,000 Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Technology and Equipment Improvements $1,500,000 Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Professional Staff Development $550,000 Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Witness Protection Program $250,000 Center for Genetic Origins of Cancer $5,750,000 Development of Flame-Retardant Textile Fabric for Military Clothing and Other Applications $1,500,000 Autonomous Connected Vehicle Proving Center $2,000,000 Military Mental Health Initiative $750,000 Smart Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Program $4,730,000 Navy/Mobile Laser Deposition Work Cell $3,000,000 Waste Water Energy Program $4,200,000 Detroit River Master Plan, MI $900,000 Ecorse Creek, MI $350,000 Lake Erie Transit Commission $250,000 Eastern Michigan University Bio Fuels Lab $750,000 United Way Energy Efficient Building Project $260,000 Dearborn Waste-to-Energy $200,000,000 NCMS Smart Grid: Smart Manufacturers $7,750,000 Cleary University Solar Panels $1,150,000 SPARK regional Incubator Network Business Accelerator $990,000 Enhanced Services for the Michigan Quality Council $350,000 Aerotropolis Logistics Institute $1,500,000 Life Science Innovation Center $250,000 Michigan Bio-Industry Growth Initiative $800,000 United Way Out of Work Entrepreneurship Program $400,000 Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Youth Wildlife Conservation Center $1,250,000 Rouge River Wet Weather Demonstration Project $9,000,000 City of Dearborn CSO Control $7,000,000 Inkster Harrison Rd $604,314 Auto Heritage Visitor Center $750,000 Great Lakes Mass Marking Initiative $7,800,000 Self-Sufficiency for Newly arrived Refugees and Special Immigrants in MI -15th, Kurdish Human $500,000 Arab American National Museum $1,000,000 Flexible Learning Access for On- Demand Media and Online Courses $675,000 Be Great: Graduate Program $1,095,311 Veteran Transition Services and Worker Retraining and Job Placement $516,200 $35,000,000 (for Council for Economic Education and Center Education for Democracy Act for Civic Education) $35,000,000 (for Council for Economic Education and Center Education for Democracy Act for Civic Education) Activity Based Learning in Urban Communities $500,000 Eastern Michigan University Autism Collaborative Center $500,000 Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI for the re-training of displaced workers $1,500,000 Temperance Center Expansion and Renovation $1,171,514 School of Nursing Renovation $3,000,000 State of Michigan Energy Auditor Training Program $496,726 State of Michigan Virtual Nursing Education Initatitive $1,500,000 Energy Engineering Education with emphasis on Nuclear Engineering Technology $760,000 Monroe County Learning Bank $1,119,378 National Writing Project $26,200,000 Oakwood Bone and Joint Institute $939,000 Reach Out and Read $6,000,000 National Reading is Fundamental Program $25,000,000 Nursing Workforce Training Initiative $600,000 Employment, Training, and Education for Homeless Parents in Washtenaw County, Michigan $300,000 University of Michigan Health System Regional Infectious Containment Unit (RICU) $1,500,000 United Way for Southeastern Michigan for Employment and Financial Counseling Centers $450,000 Michigan Healthy Marriage $1,100,00 Michigan Infant Mortality Prevention Program $500,000 E. Stadium Bridges Replacement Project $1,000,000 Development and construction of Dearborn Conference Center adjacent to Hyatt Hotel in Dearborn, MI $20,000,000 Operation Eyesore, Dearborn, MI $1,000,000 Rail Improvement and Grade Separation at Vreeland Road, City of Flat Rock, MI $8,000,000 John Daly Road Replacement project, City of Inkster, Wayne County, Michigan $2,440,000 City of Inkster Senior Wellness Center - Wayne County, MI $2,000,000 Railroad overpass and pedestrian walkway for Inkster Road and Middlebelt Road, City of Inkster, Wayne County, MI $1,500,000 Luna Pier Ferry Boat Service and New Pier $4,800,000 South Stony Creek Road Evacuation Route, Exeter Twp, Monroe County, MI $750,000 Friends of Rutherford Pool, Ypsilanti, MI $400,000 Purchase Vehicle Systems Interface, Lake Erie Transportation Commission, Monroe, MI $250,000 Spaceframe Technology Research, Michigan Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI $2,600,000 Switch and new track construction at Port of Monroe Docks and Industrial Park, Monroe, MI $3,650,000 Hybrid-Electric Paratransit Vehicles, SMART, Detroit, MI $3,000,000 The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences Infrastructure Improvements $300,000 United Way for Southeastern Michigan, for a regional initiative with Wayne County to address the foreclosure crisis in Southeast Michigan $2,000,000 Planning for land use and multi- modal corridor redevelopment along Washtenaw Ave, Washtenaw County, MI $250,000 Bridge replacement for the Ford Boulevard Bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County, MI $4,000,000 Detroit Region Aerotropolis Mobility and Connectivity Study, Wayne County, MI $2,400,000 Sibley Road Reconstruction, Wayne County, MI $6,800,000 Transportation Operations Center, Wayne County, MI $800,000 Short Description This project is a continuation of previous USDA awards which funded the development of microwave process that is capable of pasteurizing foods derived from animals which are encased by an organic shell. Significant development of an automated process utilizing microwave energy has been achieved which is being fully validated for eradicating Salmonella and Avian Flu from shell eggs. The technology will also be evaluated for additional shell encased foods such as raw oysters. Additionally, this project will integrate advanced vehicle telematics and network-sensoring systems in the development to ensure that these perishable good being transported in the United States maintain environmental conditions which prevent food spoilage and disease. Funding will be used to educate students in biology and modern control strategies for combating Phytophthora capsici , a fungal like pathogen causing 25-100% crop loss in MI and the USA. Efforts will support farm jobs and farm industry productivity while protecting the environment by developing resistant plants, safe methods to limit spread, remediate soils, and implement new tools. United Way requests funding to address the food crisis and improve the regional food distribution system through two fundamental steps. First, United Way will work with agricultural producers/intermediaries like the Michigan Agricultural Surplus System (MASS), Gleaners and Forgotten Harvest to increase their capacity to get food into the hands of Southeast Michigan residents. United Way will do this both by connecting existing food pantries and other emergency distributors to these resources and by expanding the number of client choice and mobile pantries. Second, United Way will link the food pantries to individuals and families in need through the 211 phone resource system and other outreach. The result is to integrate the emergency food distribution system from producer through distributor and to families in need. As such, it is a model program for the NIFA-Extension account and will deliver food to the thousands of children and families in Southeast Michigan who lack this most basic need. Funding will support Wayne County’s partnership with the national non-profit Urban Farming, Inc. to expand the use and effectiveness of urban horticulture in order to increase access to fresh produce and address hunger and food insecurity in Wayne County. Funding will be used to create 8-12 community gardens from vacant lots and on community spaces (i.e. schools) throughout Wayne County to increase access to fresh, healthy food for up to 20,000 residents and support the development of self-sufficient community food systems. The new center addresses the needs of the growing youth population, now nearly 30% of Dearborn’s Arab-Americans. While the proportion of youth to adults in the region has been declining since 1990, the opposite is true for Dearborn. Further, Arab-American youth in the area are an at-risk community who have an urgent need for human services since a great number of families live below the poverty level. SPARK is requesting funding to provide new business accelerator services to innovative high growth potential small businesses in Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties in Michigan. The services will be offered through our 3 business incubators. The growth realized by the small businesses will create jobs to help transform the Michigan economy. Monroe County recently funded an innovative project to integrate the paperless records system used by law enforcement with the case management system used by the Prosecutor’s office. The purpose of this project is to expand the integration of this system into the local courts to improve overall efficiency and communication. Project is to upgrade first responder communications within Wayne County to provide radio interoperability for first responders and law enforcement personnel. The project will enhance inter-jurisdictional coordination, especially in emergency events, and will enhance the safety and security of the region. The Wayne County Juvenile Mentoring Program supports one-to-one mentoring projects for at- risk youth to reduce juvenile delinquency and gang participation, reduce recidivism for youth already involved in the juvenile justice system, improve school attendance and academic performance, and reduce the school dropout rate. EMU, in partnership with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office and Trial Court, requests funding for “The B. Side Boot Camp: Entrepreneurship Education Program for At-Risk Youth.” The program will prevent first-time juvenile offenders in the Washtenaw County and greater Ypsilanti areas from becoming repeat offenders through entrepreneurial education and training. FY2011 funding is requested to initiate a “Center for Interactive and Inquiry-Based Science Education” in the Visitor Center of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway, and to continue assessing the success of current and future invasive species management projects. The purpose of First Step Project on Domestic/Sexual Violence, a leader in victim services since 1978, is proposing to utilize this federal funding to continue to meet increasing needs of sexual assault victims in Wayne County, including a specialized forensic exam, immediate crisis intervention, continue to increase community response to sexual assault survivors, and assistance with prosecution. To benefit communities and reduce the social and economic costs of recidivism through focused investment in proven prisoner re-entry methods. Crime thrives in a faltering economy. Nowhere is this more evident than in Detroit. This project fosters public safety, which is essential to creating an environment where people want to live and conduct business. It will also benefit the environment as we go green and convert to a paperless office. Crime thrives in a faltering economy. Nowhere is this more evident than in Detroit. By providing prosecutors with the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to ensure that justice is done, the public will be safeguarded. Crime thrives in a faltering economy. Nowhere is this more evident than in Detroit. Providing prosecutors with the ability to protect witnesses and secure expert testimony needed to successfully prosecute cases is essential to creating an environment where people want to live and conduct business. The U.S. Department of Defense National Functional Genomics Center and its collaborative partnership with The University of Michigan Center for Genetic Origins of Cancer was established by Congress. The DoD healthcare enterprise is the largest single payer system in the US and is tasked with maintaining the health of our forces. It serves over 9.5 million individuals, one-third of whom will die of cancer - the financial burden and capability strain on the DoD healthcare system and the force from cancer is substantial. This project seeks to change the paradigm of how we treat cancer and is focusing on gene and stem cell therapy by combining their effectiveness with other components of personalized medicine to improve quality of care delivery, lessen medical error, decrease morbidity, and increase system efficiency. With this project, Eastern Michigan University, in partnership with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, will develop a comprehensive procedure to produce and manufacture fire retardant military fabric. Preliminary research studies have shown the potential for creating substantive intumescent treatments for cellulose (cotton), flame retarded cellulose, polyamides 6 and 6.6 (nylon), and wool with successful results. Developing an efficient and cost-effective fire-resistant fabric will protect soldiers against fire, save lives, and make the warfighter more secure in the field at a lower price point than current methods. During research graduate students will be trained in research methodology of both textiles and polymers that will aid them in their career paths. HFCC is collaborating with the geographically contiguous Connected Vehicle Proving Center that represents a $3.15 million investment by the State of Michigan. This facility leverages the University of Michigan Dearborn Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems facilities towards development and wide deployment of autonomous connected vehicles and mobile robots in the military. The project seeks to advance robotic, intelligent ground systems, and other vehicle technology initiatives of the Army and TARDEC by providing a shared technology infrastructure to validate, demonstrate, and certify military and commercial autonomous vehicle products under common standards. Such a unique infrastructure will increase innovation, reduce project cost, and lead to an accelerated commercialization of the automotive robotic technologies needed by the modern warfighter. Funds will be allocated to equipment procurement, operation costs, equipment maintenance, and management, engineering, and research and industrial users relat waste to elect The Military Mental Health Initiative, in partnership with community organizations and the Department of Defense, will help to connect 75-100 combat soldiers with services to address the incidence of combat trauma and increasing rates of suicide among soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Funds would be utilized to ensure that soldiers are able to reintigrate into their communities following their service. The Initiative will provide education and awareness of mental health needs and interventional services for soldiers returning from war. In addition, transitional services are expected to help reintegrate soldiers into their communities and identify and maintain stable employment. DoD's escalating power requirements for forward operating locations, training centers, and main operating bases demand effective and more flexible use of energy sources. NextEnergy Center will work with TARDEC to accelerate the development of new infrastructure and technologies for seamless integration of electric vehicles within military and commercial stationary power applications, reducing the logistical footprint of operations. Funding will support further development and testing of advanced Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles systems, components, and infrastructure technologies capable of providing bidirectional communication and energy flow between building/grid and vehicle. Focus: HOPE's work with the Navy provides an unparalleled opportunity for roughly 110 undergraduate engineers to experience, collaborate, and actually develop new technologies and methodolgies. Funds will extend the work to provide the DoD a Laser Direct Metal Deposition deliverable by a Common Mobile Platform for Deployment to remote areas using standard ISO containers. The system will consist of a Mobile Laser Deposition Module and a Mobile Remote Machining Module will be used to conduct repairs to the sumbarine Verticle Launch Systems. Both modules will support Computer Numerically Controlled programming, Direct Metal Deposition Tool Path Control, Machining, Communications, Data Base Management, Augmented Reality Operations and Maintenance Support Technology, and an ISO based Quality System. The NextEnergy Center will work with the Army Construction Engineering Research Laboritory to develop Waste Water to Energy technology in support of DoD initiatives. The project will increase generation of renewable energy for electrical power, minimize our environmental footprint, enhance energy efficiency, and improve operational readiness at both forward deployed and main bases. At least one study has shown that grey and black water have Biochemical and Chemical Oxygen Demand and are in need of standards to help quantitatively distinguish grey from black water. NextEnergy will develop and conduct a feasibility study on current and potential practices for the treatment, recycle, and reuse of grey water to help develop military waste water standards for both grey and black water. Based on feasibility studies, a prototype black water processing system to convert black water from lagoons aor aeration ponds, or liquid waste from latrines and or kitches into useable grey water and to convert the semi-solid waste to electrical energy for use on a military encampment will be designed, fabricated and tested. Having grown from 300 acres in 2001 to nearly 6000 acres currently, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is a true Success story. This particular project involves the construction of a breakwater at the future site of the Refuge Visitor's Center, which will bring people from far and near to enjoy the recreational opportunities at the DRIWR. The North Branch of Ecorse Creek has a long history of flooding during significant rainfalls. ACE is currently conducting a GRR to determine feasibility of alternatives for the Ecorse Creek Flood Control Project and the total project costs. The requested funds will pay for external peer reviews. The Lake Erie Transit Commission seeks to make their transit center LEED certified. This includes the purchase and installation of solar panels to power bus storage garage lights, overhead doors and heating, which would further allow the facility to sell excess energy to the local power grid. Funding would be used to build research lab capacity to enhance the research and development of biofuels in Michigan. Proposed research will study the molecular machinary involved in the synthesis of plant cell walls. This project will provide student with the tools necessary to become leaders in this emerging field. Michigan is in dire economic straits. The non-profit community is struggling also. Saving in energy costs would allow the non-profit community to redirect scares resources to valuable social programs. This is a public-private partnership to build a waste-to-energy facility in Dearborn, MI. Waste streams would include sewer sludge, MSW, and yard waste. Facility will be built on a brownfield. Will save Dearborn taxpayers significant money. Smart manufacturers will team with NCMS, AMT, MT Connect Institute, MI companies and local utilities to enable innovative technology developments that can be utilized to meet the future demands and opportunities that will be placed on manufacturers by the smart power grid. This will reduce energy consumption in manufacturing facilities and reduce emissions related to manufacturing. The program will provide manufacturers a chance to cut costs, raise productivity, meet environmental standards and improve their competitive position. Funds would be used to minimize the carbon footprint of 30000 sq. ft. administration and classroom building. Cleary intends to insulate, retrofit, and place new windows and solar panels. Cost savings would allow Cleary to continue hosting city of community groups SPARK is requesting funding to provide new accelerator services to innovative high growth potential small businesses in Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties in Michigan. The services will be offered through our 3 business incubators. The growth realized by the small businesses will create jobs to help transform the Michigan economy. State economic conditions prompted the Michigan Quality Council to become an affiliated program of Cleary University in 2005. This project will provide additional staff, technology and outreach materials to allow the Council to enhance both its presence in the State and the success of Michigan businesses. Request is to continue developing the Aerotropolis Logistics Institute focusing on air cargo logistics. By providing training and technical assistance to 50 start-up companies, the Institute will strengthen Wayne County’s ability to compete internationally as a hub for air cargo movement and create a new economic base revolving around airport operations. Funding is to subsidize start-up and facility costs for businesses in the Life Sciences Innovation Center (LISC), a one-of-a-kind incubator that combines state-of-the-art lab space and entrepreneurial support in a single facility to catalyze growth in the life sciences. Provide investment, business development, and academic-industry partnership opportunities; educate bioscience start-ups on business, financial, technical, marketing and operational issues they must manage to grow and create jobs; provide resource tools for talent and workforce development needs; and promote/collaborate with the state’s bioscience economic development to increase our reach across MI. To provide microenterprise and self-employment counseling and training to out-of-work individuals in Michigan who are facing persistent barriers to traditional employment due to the economic downturn and high unemployment rate. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is a true success story, growing from 300 acres in 2001 to nearly 6000. The visitor's center would provide regular hours in which the public can enjoy the out-of-doors and would provide school children with the opportunity to learn about nature and conservation. The Rouge River Wet Weather Demonstrationi Project is a successful decade long effort by Wayne, Oakland, and Washtenaw Counties, 48 local communities to use innovative, cost- effective methods to improve the water quality of the Rouge River, prevent pollution and protect public health. Local spending on CSOs and SSOs over the next 5 years is anticipated at $850 million. This request is to continue funding watershed-wide coordination through subgrants to local communities for projects that will improve the Rouge River The City of Dearborn has developed a unique sewer seperation strategy that will enable it to meet federal and state guidelines for CSO control. This program will save the City $10 million. The Harrison Road area is notorious for basement flooding and water main breaks. Funding for this project would go to storm sewer rehabilitation, sewer structure, and water main replacement. This project would save taxpayer funds by preventing flooding and keeping Harrison Rd free of water main breaks. Michigan is home to the American Automobile industry and this welcome center is where people would become oriented on the things to do and see in the state. Further, it is the entry point for the All-American Road - Automobile Heritage Trail and Motor Cities National Heritage Area. Funding will be used to purchase automated equipment to tag and mark fish stocked into the Great Lakes and to emply staff to operate the equipment and manage the data collected. Project will vastly improve state and federal hatchery operations. Very little funding is available for the recently arrived refugee families in Michigan's 15th District. This is a high refugee and immigrant populated area and resources are necessary to meet their needs. This project will benefit the residents of the 15th district by providing jobs, English language classes, and social services to refugee families. This project will also provide As the nation's first and only national Arab American museum, it has enhanced the understanding of the community nationally and internationally. People have long come to America from the Middle East and this is the first museum to tell our story and its location in Dearborn has drawn national and international attention and resources to our district.This project is worthy of taxpayer support because it contributes a great deal to our local community by promoting better understanding among our citizenry while also providing a tourist destination in the metropolitan Detroit area that helps the local economy. The State of Michigan is struggling economically. The new economy relies heavily on excellent public education. Those with the best education will become the most employable. Improvement of school systems is a direct investment in the economic recovery helping create a highly employable labor force that will remain in the state as the new economy fully emerges. This project combines emphasis on job creation, improvement of the labor force required by the new Michigan economy, and improvement of educational systems. This project will serve Ann Arbor and the 8 townships AAPS serves. It will make successful good-practices available to other Michigan districts. This open-source approach allows the project to have regional impact. Be Great: Graduate not only will put people to work today by expanding Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan's professional staff, it will help build tomorrow's workforce by ensuring that today's students stay in school and are en route to obtaining a post-secondary education so that they can be contributing members of society in their adulthood. B&GCSM's mission is to help youth become responsible, self-reliant adults, and this program will help us achieve that aim. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan operates three Clubs within Michigan's 15th Congressional District; two of which are in Romulus, the third in Ypsilanti. Combined, these three facilities served nearly 6,500 youth in 2009, most of whom were from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or single-parent homes. These are the very youth most at-risk of school drop out and academic failure and who have the greatest need for the academic intervention services proposed in our Be Great: Graduate program. Michigan is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Retraining the workforce in general and Veterans specifically will provide employable people with the right skill set to attract new businesses to Michigan, thereby creating an economic recovery. The University's approach to successfully transitioning Veterans for military to civilian life could serve as a model for other universities and would certainly relieve a national burden and embarrassment. Further, Michigan has many displaced workers with little sense of what career-change options might be available to them. This project meets a great need. Not only does it create jobs, but it would provide for a right-trained, well trained workforce for Michigan's employment needs as the state's economy improves. Both the Council for Economic Education and the Center for Civis Education will implement the Education for Democracy Act. The Education for Democracy Act programs are among the most cost effective programs supported by the federal government. They effectively promote among students a profound understanding of and commitment to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy as expressed in such seminal documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the Gettysburg Address. They also promote students' capacities to participate competently and responsibility in the political life of their communities and the nation. Civic education/democracy will be critical with globalization of the economy. Students will need to not only understand the American system but international democracies as well. Through the We the People programs every congressional district receives free sets of specialized textbooks for their schools at the upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Teachers benefit from professional development seminars and institutes to improve their content knowledge and teaching methods. A network of dedicated volunteers administers each program locally, adapting the program to their local needs and leveraging the federal funding with additional amounts at the state and local level in support of the program. The Education for Democracy Act programs are among the most cost effective programs supported by the federal government. They effectively promote among students a profound understanding of and commitment to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy as expressed in such seminal documents as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the Gettysburg Address. They also promote students' capacities to participate competently and responsibility in the political life of their communities and the nation. Civic education/democracy will be critical with globalization of the economy. Students will need to not only understand the American system but international democracies as well. Through the We the People programs every congressional district receives free sets of specialized textbooks for their schools at the upper elementary, middle and high school levels. Teachers benefit from professional development seminars and institutes to improve their content knowledge and teaching methods. A network of dedicated volunteers administers each program locally, adapting the program to their local needs and leveraging the federal funding with additional amounts at the state and local level in support of the program. A democratic republic cannot thrive, or even survive, without an educated populace. To our great detriment, we are not succeeding to educate students in socio-economically deprived urban communities in this country and students lag behind their counterparts in other developed countries on many measures of student success. Proficiency in reading and writing underlie progress in all other academic areas including the technology, math and science areas so important to developing the highly skilled workforce essential to the future and stability of the US economy. The researchers in this project will take the pedagogy of an educational approach that is working very successfully in a desperately poor area of India and re-design it for application in urban Detroit to improve reading and writing skills in 60 elementary classrooms. Success in this project will provide a replicable model that can save poor urban children from what has often been a sentence of life-long failure and frustration, economic disadvantage and political disenfranchisement. Autism is a complex and costly health problem known to be rapidly increasing. Innovative approaches are needed across our county. ACC is developing new interventions based on the integration of multiple disciplines, believed to be necessary to address the complexity of autism. Through its research programs ACC is developing innovative treatments, evaluating their effectiveness and validating best practices. Research discoveries that lead to better outcomes will be shared broadly with the autism community. EMU students will be trained in these best practices and workshops will be conducted to train teachers and allied health professionals in the community. Taxpayer investments in research and training have the potential to improve the lives of many through dissemination of knowledge of effective approaches. The ACC has a plan for financial sustainability within 1 to 2 years following the federal investment including fees for service, grants, donations, and training revenues. The State of Michigan has been extremely hard hit by the recession and had an unemployment rate of 14.6% in January, 2010. The automotive and manufacturing industries have seen significant declines in employment as have most industrial sectors within Michigan, and one of the few growth areas in the state is education. Based on the success rate of the above services provided to displaced workers, and also keeping longitudinal data-based information with participation in all services, EMU predicts an 80% retention rate of displaced workers. This project will position Eastern Michigan University as a national model for other institutions of higher education. It has the potential for achieving widespread positive impact on higher education institutions nationally at a critical time in our society by recognizing that education of displaced workers is not only a state responsibility and a local function, it is also a national priority. Family Medical Center of MI is the largest community health center in the 15th District and is a key safety net provider to all of the tax payers of southeastern MI. This project will expand that safety net and as the largest provider of primary care services in the District will help reduce the inappropriate use of hospitals Emergency Rooms in the 15th District. The use of ERs by individuals who could be served in a primary setting ultimately costs the taxpayer more in health care costs. The Temperance Expansion and Renovation Project will result in the Temperance being one of the largest employer in a small town and serve a economic engine thus driving future tax revenues for the local economy. In a recent national study done in collaboration with the Robert Graham Center found that people who use health centers like Temperance as their usual source of care have 41% lower health care expenditures than people who their care elsewhere. It is evident that higher levels of education will be necessary for individuals for the jobs of the 21st century. The move of the Nursing Program to this new facility will open up the space currently occupied by the Nursing Program to other areas of the College, enabling HFCC to expand enrollments in these other areas. The results of this project will enable HFCC to increase enrollments at the college in a number of other areas. These expansions will better enable HFCC to meet the educational needs of our community, making this a valuable use of taxpayer dollars. Energy efficiency has never been so closely tied to economic opportunity. This project will help Michigan create and take advantage of these new jobs. Additionally, weatherization and other energy efficiency measures will help Michigan residents save money on utility costs. The project will train 142 construction trades and HVAC teachers to become Certified Energy Auditors. The teachers will then partner with the United Association Unions of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and HVAC Service Technicians/AFL-CIO to train high school students and establish apprenticeship opportunities. The expanded clinical education capacity piloted by NVNEI in this project will improve the ability of Michigan's 55 nursing education programs to graduate increased numbers of professional nurses and other health care workers. Registered nurses, home health aides, and nurses aides are several of the occupations expected to produce the greatest number of new jobs over the next decade. Each new registered nurse added to the health care workforce brings > $120,000 per year in benefits to the economy, while providing health care for Michigan residents. A skilled labor force is essential for a vibrant community. Through participation in updated energy training programs, employees will retain high paying jobs. Potential employees with required nuclear energy professional education and skills will secure jobs. As a result of lower unemployment, fewer persons will be in need of costly local, state and federal assistance programs. The U.S. Dept. of Energy estimates the U.S. will need 44% more electricity by 2020. The nuclear energy industry calculated that 60,000 megawatts of new nuclear power plant capacity will be required by 2020. An estimated 30% of the nuclear workforce will be eligible to retire in 5 yrs. years while the pipeline for energy professionals is drying up. The need for professionals in Southeast Michigan is pressing because Detroit Energy is applying to construct a third nuclear power plant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates decrease with the completion of each additional level of educational attainment. With 12/09 unemployment in the district outpacing the nation by 5% and the Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area ranking 349th worst out of 372 MSA's, and with Monroe County's population ages 25+ showing a low 14.3% level of bachelor degree attainment-13% below the national average, this project would more effectively utilize taxpayer dollars by ultimately increasing employability and decreasing dependence on unemployment compensation. NWP provides support for a national infrastructure of more than 200 writing projects sites that serve their local schools and teaching communities with high-quality teacher professional development in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Bone & Joint Institute to be located at Oakwood Heritage Hospital will provide a full continuum of care from surgery, to outpatient, to home; quicker recovery time for patients saves dollars in health care costs and lost productivity. Funding for the equipment in the new orthopedic operating room allows for world-class training of additional orthopedic surgeons, Reach Out and Read has been proven to be among the most effective strategies to promote early language and literacy development and school readiness: pediatricians and other healthcare providers guide and encourage parents to read aloud to their children from their earliest years of their life, and send them home from each regular checkup with a new book and a prescription to read together. Reach Out and Read is a national evidence-based school readiness initiative that promotes literacy and language development in infants and preschoolers, targeting children and families living in poverty and under-performing school districts. Fourteen peer-reviewed, published research studies spanning the last two decades clearly demonstrate the impact of the Reach Out and Read model and the importance of promoting early language and literacy skills in preparing children to excel in school. Today, Reach Out and Read serves 3.8 million children annually, but millions more children nationwide do not receive the necessary support and assistance they need to develop these critical skills and enter kindergarten ready to learn. Funding provided by Congress through the U.S. Department of Education has been matched by tens of millions of dollars from the private sector and state governments. Funding will be used for purposes authorized in Section 5451 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Reading Is Fundamental enhances child literacy by providing millions of underserved children with free books for personal ownership and reading encouragement from the more than 18,000 locations throughout all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.Funding will be used for purposes authorized in Section 5451 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Reading Is Fundamental enhances child literacy by providing millions of underserved children with free books for personal ownership and reading encouragement from the more than 18,000 locations throughout all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Based upon retirement statistics, and maintaining a constant number of graduates from Michigan nursing programs, a shortage of nurses is calculated to be over 5,000 RNs by 2018. This project will support nursing education at Monroe County Community College and at hospitals within the 15th Congressional District. The SOS Employability program is results-oriented and has continued to help homeless parents obtain and maintain employment in spite of the challenging local economy and the hard- to-employ nature of the homeless population. Between April 1 and October 31, 2009, 33 of 63 (or 52%) of homeless parents participating in SOS's Employability program had jobs. Twenty of them had maintained their jobs for more than three months. SOS looks forward to assisting more homeless parents to become self-sufficient through employment with these earmark funds and to accelerating its job creation efforts through initiatives such as the Weatherization Auditor job training and placement program. This program will help homeless parents obtain and maintain employment, reduce their dependence on public assistance, and increase their selfsufficiency. Employment income will enable homeless parents to pay for housing, food, child care, transportation, and other basic needs themselves without continually cycling into homelessness and costly shelter and housing crisis programs. As employed persons, homeless parents also will begin paying income tax. The University of Michigan Health System could provide the residents of the State of Michigan access to the highest level of isolation care should there be any sort of disaster, i.e. a pandemic flu outbreak or terrorist event. This project would provide the only isolation unit in the State. United Way’s employment and financial counseling resource centers provide a new way of integrating services to increase financial stability for families in the Detroit region. The requested funding will support operation of a Center in the Downriver portion of the 15th District and expansion into additional sites. Each site in operation currently serves between 150 and 250 individuals at a cost to United Way of $150,000. As such, the requested funds could serve The average cost to taxpayers for every divorce in America is estimated between $25,000 and $30,000. The cost to administer a 20-minute diagnostic questionnaire during a marital preparation course is less than 1/1000 of that cost, and that simple tool can identify with high certainty which specific issue areas (i.e. conflict resolution approaches, faith differences, financial skills/awareness, etc.) will almost certainly cause strife and eventual divorce if not resolved. Continuation of this program will improve maternal and child health, increase access to care, ensure that an increased number of pregnancies will be carried to term and a decreased number of infants will die in the first year of life. This project is along the major east-west throughfare within the City of Ann Arbor. E. Stadium Boulevard carries approximately 25,000 vehicles per day. It is adjacent to the University of Michigan's 107,501 seat football stadium and Crisler Arena. These facilites are nationally recognized. This route is also adjacent to one of the State of Michigan's largest high school and is essential to the community's economic vitality. To this end, our ecomonic analysis Conference Centers are typically a highly successful catalytic project that will stimulate high multipliers of private sector activity by making the public investment in the infrastructure of the center. In this case, the $25 million center will generate a projected $140 million annually in business for the community. Because these centers do not generate much profit by themselves, it is a valuable use of tax dollars to gain the private and community benefit that will not otherwise occur. The economic multiplier effect of the center provides a stable source of tax, license and fee income to maintain Dearborn as the regional destination it currently is and must continue to be for the ongoing sustainability of the Detroit Metropolitan Area. The present decline in home prices offers a unique once-in-a-generation opportunity for the City to buy and remove substandard structures to help stabilize or improve property values and to revitalize the City’s aging housing stock. The City will use real estate professionals (inspectors, realtors, title companies, attorneys etc) to acquire properties and various contractors to demolish the properties and, if necessary, abate any contamination. Funding the Vreeland Road separation will provide the following public benefits: Improve safety through eliminating this highway-rail grade crossing; Enhance mobility by providing increased access to the Ford/Mazda AutoAlliance facility; Reduce community impact by ending heavy truck traffic diverting through residential neighborhoods as a result of current blockages at Vreeland Road; Improve air quality by reducing vehicular exhaust from idling traffic at blocked crossings; Promote economic development by providing a direct east-west link without blockages to the AutoAlliance facilities. CN’s Flat Rock rail is CN’s only Michigan rail yard that has gained traffic volumes since the downturn in the U.S. auto industry. CN's ability to maximize and grow its service to Ford Motor and other important shippers in Michigan is contingent upon its ability to increase its yard activity, which in turn requires eliminating the Vreeland Road crossing. This is one of the major thorough fare road in the City of Inkster. The water master plan of the city requires this main to be upgraded to provide adequate pressures for the fire fighting purpose in that section of the city. The storm water pipe will be designed to help reduce the basement flooding in the that section of the city. No previous fundings were appropriated for this project. Estimated cost $3.05million. The request is for construction funds to build a senior wellness center on the north end of the Recreation Complex. Inkster is the only city in the Western Wayne County area that does not have a dedicated senior center. Inkster was recently designated by the State of Michigan as an Elder Friendly Livable Community thanks to a comprehensive application submitted by Wayne County. It is projected by SEMCOG that Inkster will see its senior population double by the year 2035. Inkster is a small urban community whose senior residents primarily fall within the low to moderate income range. With limited space to do programming and services, which are essential to the retention of residents, this construction would allow the seniors to remain in their community without having to seek a senior wellness center elsewhere. The sidewalks under these two bridges becomes covered with snow as the snow plough passes by there, making it dangerous for the pedestrians and wheel chairs to pass. The underpasses are located on very busy Major roads. County gradually has added number of lanes to these roads, which has made the side walks unsafe and non ADA compliant for the wheel chairs and pedesterians. The project will create more than 60 job for at leat 2 years and will help the economy. This project will provide safe passage for the pedestrians, wheel chairs, and specifically to the students who go to the school located only few hundred feet south of the rail road underpass. The City of Luna Pier intends to develop a new ferry service can provide SE Michigan residents with better access to Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point, the new Detroit Port Authority Docks, and other Lake Erie destinations. This "Marine Corridor" would link attractions and defines a cluster of destinations accessed by boats providing a unique and alternative experience for tourists and visitors. These attractions potentially include sporting events and entertainment in downtown Detroit, casinos, restaurants and other attractions along the western Lake Erie /Detroit River Shoreline. Finally, apart from these more active activities, watercraft and a new pier would be utilized as part of educational efforts to help increase awareness of environmental issues and build on the popularity of eco-tourism activities connected with the emerging strength of the International Wildlife Refuge. This roadway is part of a designated Emergency Evacuation Route in mid-Monroe County. In the event of an accident at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant or other type of large scale disaster, it is imperative that the evacuation route be maintained to allow for the safe and timely exit of residents from the area. To rebuild Ypsilanti’s only public swimming pool. Funds would be utilized to reconstruct the 1970s era pool that has outlived its useful life and may not be usable beyond 2009. The pool provides summer outdoor recreation opportunities and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, families and seniors in and around the city of Ypsilanti. This project concept goal is to allow operations managers access to more real time information from the desk top computer this information can be acquired from the entire fleet instantly to evaluate poor driving habits, inefficient engine performance and idle time. The sooner the operations manager find a problem the sooner it will be corrected creating less chances of complete component failure, unsafe drivers will be retrained or removed from the vehicle reducing maintenance costs and insurance expenses. This project employs a new welding technology that allows for the use of hollow tubes in vehicle frames and sub-assemblies. This dramatically reduces the weight of vehicles while at the same time makes the vehicle stronger, offering improved vehicle safety and fuel efficiency. The creation of over 150 jobs locally and potentially thousands nationally will be realized utilizing this technology. The Port’s ability to interface with rail, barge and truck transport provides Southeast Michigan an intermodal transportation system which will benefit our existing businesses and industry as well as an economic tool to attract new companies to the Downriver area and Monroe County. The Port’s ability to interface its transportation modes was the deciding factor for Ventower Industries to locate at the Port of Monroe and invest over $20 million and create up to 150 new manufacturing jobs. Transportation contributes to the cost of the goods and services and the time to transport the product. If a region has efficient and cost effective modes of transportation it can positively influence the decision to locate and or remain in a geographic region. In today’s global economy products and services come from all over the world and require transportation systems to interface with all modes of transportation. The use of hybrid-electric paratransit vehicles will reduce SMART’s fuel consumption by nearly 45,000 gallons, a 40 percent savings, and provide a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared to SMART’s current fleet. If these vehicles are not replaced, service will be reduced and many people who rely on this service to maintain their health and independence would be stranded due to lack of service. SMART paratransit vehicles provide one million rides per year, many of which are for medical trips to hospitals, dialysis treatments as well as trips to get to work. The project supports HUD’s Economic Developments goals for building new public-private sector partnerships to address pressing economic development needs, by fostering increased collaboration between the private development sector, local and state governments and national and community-based not-for-profit organizations. Further, it will retain and create new employment opportunities in the district and the region that will contribute to the tax base of the State and encourage additional corporate investment in the region. Southeastern Michigan is facing a foreclosure crisis. This request will support the effort of 4 counties and over 40 organizations to work at a regional level to deploy the technology, counseling and follow-on services to keep people in their homes. It will support technology, program and outreach costs necessary for the continued operation and expansion of the program in Wayne County where it was developed and where the technology is housed, and for United Way to lead in expanding service to Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties to reach 45,000 families region-wide. Re-Imagining Washtenaw Avenue corridor redevelopment will improve economic development and transportation choices, safety and air quality in four jurisdictions within the 15th District: the City of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township, Ypsilanti Township and the City of Ypsilanti. The completion of the existing non-motorized system along this corridor maximizes the existing transportation infrastructure, encourages transit oriented infill and redevelopment to integrate and increases multimodal access to jobs and services and will support planned improved transit service, eases traffic congestion, and improves quality of life and safety for those living and traveling along the corridor. Ford Boulevard Bridge involves the replacement of a bridge built in 1943, and was widened in 1977. The current bridge has an average daily traffic of 16,513 vehicles of which 20% are commercial. The bridge is posted 31/49/56 Tons and is quickly deteriorating. The Ford Boulevard Bridge is a four (4) lane bridge with sidewalks on both sides, on a paved primary county road at the eastern edge of Washtenaw County. Ford Boulevard provides access over Michigan Avenue and the Norfolk Southern Railroad, of which there are very few in the area, and is one of the main reasons this bridge built in 1943. At the southern end of the bridge is the primary Ypsilanti Township Fire Station, which provides essential fire services to this area of Washtenaw County. The Detroit Region Aerotropolis will be an economic driver for the 15th Congressional District and the region. The Aerotropolis has the potential to create up to 64,000 jobs over the next 20- 30 years upon a full build out of 5,000 acres around Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run Airports. It is estimated that the Aerotropolis could generate wages of $3.8 billion per year and $10 billion of additional annual economic activity. In order to provide the necessary connectivity for the Aerotropolis and the region to become an international hub for air commerce and goods movement, and at the same time balance an agenda that takes into account business, residential and environmental factors, it is critical that a comprehensive study take place for infrastructure development. The reconstruction of Sibley Road will improve access to an adjacent 115.78-acre site within the Aerotropolis, facilitating freight movement and accommodating new business growth. The project is essential in moving forward with investments on that site that will create an estimated total of 2,757 jobs. The entire build-out of the Aerotropolis has the potential to create 64,000 jobs by 2030. By providing real-time information about traffic congestion, flow, and road conditions, the TOC will enable travelers across the region to select alternate routes, times, and travel to minimize incident risk and maximize safety. The TOC will also enable faster incident detection and notification, faster emergency response, and better technology links for transportation and public safety agencies to integrate their on-scene incident response, clearance and recovery operations.